Motherwell 2 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premiership
Saturday, March 12th, 2016, 7:45 PM at Fir Park
Attendance: 4,210
Referee: Crawford Allan
Motherwell Dundee Utd

Marvin Johnson (45)
Louis Moult (65)
Henri Anier (22)

Team Managers
Mark McGhee Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Connor Ripley
Josh Law
Ben Hall
Stephen McManus
Steven Hammell
Chris Cadden
Keith Lasley
Stephen Pearson
Marvin Johnson
Scott McDonald
Louis Moult
Michal Szromnik
Callum Morris
Paul Dixon
Coll Donaldson
Gavin Gunning
Blair Spittal
Paul Paton
John Rankin
Billy Mckay
Henri Anier
Ryan Dow

Craig Samson
Lionel Ainsworth
Wes Fletcher
Kieran Kennedy
Morgaro Gomis
Dominic Thomas
James McFadden
Joe McGovern
Mark Durnan
Kyle Knoyle
Seán Dillon
Scott Fraser
Edward Ofere
Simon Murray

Morgaro Gomis for Stephen Pearson (34)
Dominic Thomas for Keith Lasley (63)
Kieran Kennedy for Josh Law (87)
Scott Fraser for Ryan Dow (76)
Edward Ofere for Billy Mckay (76)

Keith Lasley (54) Coll Donaldson (42)
Paul Dixon (72)
Callum Morris (74)
Paul Paton (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michal Szromnik (GK) 14 apps -
Callum Morris 39 apps3 goals
Paul Dixon 186 apps5 goals
Coll Donaldson 17 apps -
Gavin Gunning 115 apps10 goals
Paul Paton 88 apps6 goals
John Rankin 197 apps13 goals
Blair Spittal 62 apps9 goals
Ryan Dow 105 apps12 goals
Billy Mckay 26 apps11 goals
Henri Anier 20 apps4 goals
Scott Fraser (sub) 29 apps2 goals
Edward Ofere (sub) 6 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Blair Spittal (20 years 89 days)
Oldest Player:John Rankin (32 years 267 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 295 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Knoyle (19 years 174 days)
Oldest Player:John Rankin (32 years 267 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 128 days
Domestic Players:9 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United made only two changes to the side that last weekend defeated Ross County in the Scottish Cup Quarter Final, Michal Szromnik entering the starting eleven for Luis Zwick, whilst Callum Morris returned to the heart of defence replacing Mark Durnan.

It was United who opened the scoring, the in-form Henri Anier receiving the ball outside the box before lashing an unstoppable strike into the top corner. Just when it looked as though United would be heading into the break in the lead, the home side equalised, Marvin Johnson looping home a header from Josh Law’s free-kick.

Shortly after the hour mark the home side took the lead when Dom Thomas on the left flank squared to Louis Moult who converted from close range. Despite throwing everything at it in the five additional minutes, it was Motherwell who held on for the three points.

Formation: 3-4-1-2
Captain: Paul Paton
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Henri Anier

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Match report written by Joe James

Photography by DUFC Official

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